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Today, I am a writer. Literally.

January 15, 2013

Today, I start a new job. I go to the same employer (different building, though). I’m just doing different things, at least for a while.

What different things? you ask.

Writing stuff. Communications. Putting my avocation to better use in paying the bills. I am very excited about this, as most of my mortgage-paying activities have revolved around Excel, rather than Word or even PowerPoint lately. Don’t get me wrong. I’m good at what I do. I just don’t think when God made me, He said, “I’m gonna make him because he’s going outstanding at doing that.”

Until today, I hope.

I like writing at work. I like taking an idea and letting it simmer in my mind until I figure out exactly the right way to present it to readers to meet the desired goal. Sometimes it’s easy. “Hey, guess what, everyone gets an extra day of paid leave this year! Yay!”

Sometimes it’s not. My employer is a heavily regulated financial services firm, and I’ve been swimming in the deep end of the compliance pool for a while. No one likes preparing for a potential compliance audit–you’ll just have to trust me on this. But it’s part of the job right now. There’s no good way to deliver that message.

But the messaging–the art of getting you information you need or can use in a way you’re likely to absorb it–that’s what God might have made me to do. And now I get to do it. How cool is that?

The dream of many writers is to be able to pay the bills by writing. Personally, I really, really want my work in progress to be published and make me into a multimedia success story with books, movies, and a profitable website. I’d also like to grow back the hair God has taken from me.

If you work for the man during the day so you can work on your writing at night, does your day job involve writing? Does it add to your work or detract from it?

  1. January 15, 2013 8:25 am

    Congratulations on the new job, Chris. You have always been a writer with a day job, now you’re a writer with a writing day job. Yay!

  2. January 15, 2013 11:12 am

    I can feel the joy in your post. They could not have found a better person for the job–and just think, you were there right under their noses. So few actually get to make a living from our writing. I rarely use this word, but it applies — AWESOME!

  3. January 15, 2013 2:53 pm

    Congrats on your new day job.

  4. Susan Berry permalink
    January 16, 2013 7:53 am

    I find that my job helps my writing. It is a writing prompt by getting me warmed up. I research and draft orders for judges and sometimes I get ideas from the cases as well as learn about forsenic

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